THE 'ICONS OF RAMSGATE' PROJECT
COMMUNITY PROJECT, WORKSHOPS AND FINAL EXHIBITION AT THE WOODEN BOX GALLERY, RAMSGATE
My first Arts Council funded proposal, the Icons of Ramsgate project sought to elevate the stories of the people of Ramsgate. Creating artwork with the community, workshops were held with East Kent Mencap, Pie Factory Youth Centre and a women's social group The Screaming Mary's. Participants made icons of themselves celebrating all that makes them unique.
I then asked the people of the town to nominate someone they thought deserved celebrating. I picked four people at random from these to turn into works of art. They included a greengrocer, three sisters who run a fish and chip shop, a volunteer and town council member, and a musician and museum owner.
'Icons of Ramsgate is a project that seeks to elevate the stories of every one of us. The work was made in a series of community workshops led by artist Carson Parkin-Fairley, with each person creating an icon of themselves. An ode to all they love.
An act of self-appreciation, the icons celebrate everything that makes you unique, with each image or symbol used pertaining to a story from their life. I hope after viewing it you can agree, we are all icons.'